There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible. ~Mother Teresa
It was 34 degrees with a light breeze, the best weather forecast for the week. I layered my long johns, 2 pair of socks, scarf, earmuffs, hat, and gloves and then stepped out on the beach.
Heading south I walked into the sun, a glare on the water blinding my view. A couple walking their dog stopped to chat with another dog owner. I kept walking, clipping along at a pace sure to warm my blood.
Sea gulls and pelicans floated above the water, gliding and squawking over my head. I stopped to watch a lone gull peck at a fish.
A large group of gulls gathered in a tidal pool dipping and splashing for their daily bath. They seemed to be enjoying their personal hygiene ritual. I shivered and walked on.
Mark is a personal trainer at my gym. I was listening to him coach a member while I squeezed weights with my thighs.
“Were you sore last time? Good, good. You should always be sore.”
I couldn’t help myself . . . “Are you sore?”
He looked over at me, surprise etched on his face.
“Yes. I’m always sore. You aren’t getting stronger if you aren’t sore.”
He went on to tell us that the last time he didn’t work out was five years ago when he ate some bad oysters.
Five years. Daily workouts. I shook my head and moved on to leg presses.
What is it that gets you out of bed in the morning? Your kids? Your job?
Do you rise early so you can run before work?
Maybe you stay late after school to work on lesson plans.
Do your hands ache from too much knitting, your eyes from too much reading, or your legs from too much walking?
Do you spend every waking hour thinking about the way words flow together, singing until you’re hoarse, or painting into the wee hours of morning?
Devotion costs us. It costs physical comfort- like bathing in freezing cold water or exercising until you are sore. It costs us sleep, opportunities for other pleasures, and time for other pursuits.
Devotion takes time, energy, effort, even money.
But it rewards with excellence, knowledge, ability, and excitement.
What are you devoted to? How can you tell?